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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout - Eel River Brewing Co.

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 08-12-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jaxon53
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally some more West Coast breweries are starting to make their way to the East Coast. Served this at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Raven's Eye pours out a thin looking black color. When held up to the light the beer shows dark brown and ruby highlights. I was hoping for darker than that. A somewhat vigorous pour resulted in about two fingers of thin, light beige colored head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin frothy ring around the glass. Thin streaks of tan lace were left behind after each sip.

Smell: A bit of a dull nose on this one. Light chocolatey aromas were most detectable. A slight hoppiness and a bit of black coffee and some roasted malts. Almost a faint smokey smell with just a touch of alcohol finishes the nose.

Taste: Taste is a little on the weak side as well. Decent flavor, just needs more of it. Definite chocolate and coffee. Some sweet toffee notes. Plenty of sweet roasted/toasted malt and a bit of hops. The 9.5 percent ABV is barely noticeable. Taste seems a bit light for a beer listed as a Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant, yet thin, mouthfeel that seems quite fluffy and silky smooth. I usually look for a thicker, bigger body in an RIS, but this isn't too bad.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable even with the high ABV. The lighter mouthfeel helps a bit too. Decent overall.

Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the darkest brown hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is molasses,plums and dark mocha,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of dark coffee,chocolate,molasses and finished bittersweetness and overall it's quite nice without being over the top cheers.

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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took awhile for this beer to come together but once it warmed up and settled down it turned into a pretty nice Impy. Lots of chocolate notes and a decent mouthfeel make this a satisfying stout. Not mindblowing but enough to make you want to pick up another bottle. I have never been a huge fan of Eel River but this is among the best offering I have tried

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of my Half Time bounty picked up on 26JAN10, setting me back $4.99 for a 22oz bottle.

About 18oz of that bomber filled my Rapscallion chalice. This RIS is nearly a black hole for light, as dark as a moonless night in the middle of the ocean. Head is nearly just an afterthought. Some beige bubbles are playing wallflower at the edge of the glass. Nose is quite inviting, with lots of roasty coffee and choco notes. Body borders on medium, and the feel is mostly smooth, with a slight touch of prickliness present.

We have a bit of sweetness present here, akin to the subtle amount in a bar of dark chocolate. There's lots of roasty flavors here, plus coffee notes, burnt brown sugar, and more dark chocolate. Hopping is on the restrained side, with a little flowery action showing up in the dry finish. Lots of bitterness is present in this one, and the 9.50% ABV is very well hidden. I wish there was more sweetness to offset that, but... This bier is a one-shot deal for me. Prosit!

3.75
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Reidrover
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz Bomber, red eyed raven on the label "product of Northern California" Fantastic looking beer as it sits in my Imperial pint glass. Mostly black with hints of mahogany..great huge light brown frothy head. Aroma is somewhat subdued for style but its all there and fresh too Great complex whirl of flavours here: coffee,blackberries,esspresso, dark cocoa laden chocolate, dark brown sugar, some hop in the after taste, good stuff. Very nice on the palate , great mouthfee, A very very good Strong stout from Eel River. I really did not think they had it in em to produce this beauty

Photo of Vancer
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure oily black, thick and gooey rich - topped with a tan head that leaves the sticky lace ring around the ol' Corsendonk tulip.

Big whiff of chocolate milkshake greets the nose, subtle hints of anise just add to the urge to quaff. But the quaff is a bit of a letdown - brew is thinner than expected and missing a real RIS quality. Lacks any standout flavor. No hint of the strong booze, but seems closer to a dry stout than a big hitting Impy.

Decent, but not one I would seek out again.

Photo of Boto
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a pretty decent sized dark tan head on it that lingers a bit. Pretty decent nose. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, maybe some dark fruits. The taste is pretty similar. The tastes are pretty balanced. Chocolate, molasses, some fruits, just a hint of coffee. A touch of alcohol comes through also. Some bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent.

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from brentk56, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a nice large tan head. Very nice looking beer!

Aromas are subtle, smells like cereal grains, malts, and a bit of cocoa.

Tastes of espresso beans and roasted dark malts. Finish is of bitter cocoa and a bit of a kick from the alcohol. Overall it's a pretty smooth, well balanced, and kind of mellow tasting.

Nice full supple and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice RIS. A bit on the subtle side, but it still tasty and it's a easy beer to sip.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eel River- Raven's Eye

A- Deep murcky brown almost black with a thick creamy head.
S- Light chocolate dusted sweet coffee beans.
T- A big scoop of sweet vanilla bean ice cream and smooth milk chocolate dropped into a medium roast cup of light and sweet coffee.
M- Creamy and sweet, big flavors and a smooth finish.

Overall- A mighty tasty beverage! 9.5% abv but hidden well. A solid bomber that I'm glad made its way to the East Coast!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is from jgaston as part of the BIF race 2008. Thanks man!
I am pouring at cellar temp into a snifter. the beer pours a deep espresso brown with fizzy tan head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a thin edge layer very rapidly.
Aroma is drak fruit, molasses, burnt malt, and hints of baker's chocolate. Nice appealing nose, with no hint of hops of booze to be found.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with fine tingly carbonation and soft silky texture. Nice so far.
Flavor starts off with some sweet chocolate and brown sugar, then rolls to burnt roasty malt with bits of molasses again and finishes with some dry baker's chocolate, or very dark high % cacao. Slightly bitter, but not from hops. No real ABV presence and I find the beer to probably be dangerously drinkable.
A very nice Imp Stout that is even cooler since it is organic. I would gladly consume this beer again.

Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, creamy head. A full-bodied nitrogen-conditioned Russian Imperial Stout. Deeply roasted malts. Nice hop balance. Chocolate and coffee flavor. Very smooth taste, Nice flavor. Big and expansive. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. No alcohol bite despite a 9.5%. Excellent stout.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, thin tan head. Smells ... like molasses.

Taste has a bunch of molasses, burnt sugar, some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate ... pretty overwhelmed by the sugariness. Almost no aroma.

Fairly thin mouthfeel, but creamy. Decent, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get.

Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep, jet-black, ebony appearance with a small foamy head that left a minimal amount of lacing...
Faint aroma dominated with roasted malts, scotch, caramel, vanilla, and honey...
Taste strongly complements the smell, with a powerful rich malt essence balanced out by a tinge of vanilla, toffee, figs, prunes, and dates...
Slick, oily, slightly watered-down mouthfeel with not too much going on in this department...
Easy level of drinkabilty especially due to the fact that the hefty 9.5% ABV was hardly detectable behind a rich conglomertion of chocolate, espresso, and cocoa nuances...
Not the best RIS I've ever sampled, but definitely not bad at all...

Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Corsendonk 0.33L tulip.

Great looking pour on this RIS, as it fills the glass with a thick, motor-oil viscosity, building a well-retained, molasses-colored head. Great-smelling aroma too: powdered cocoa, cookie dough, roasted coffee beans, vanilla-infused espresso, and a kiss of liqour.

Bitter, roasted coffee-malts hit the tastebuds first, followed by notes of dark chocolate and a warming, boozy finish. Mouthfeel is creamy & thick up front, but turns quickly to a sharp bitter/ascerbic aftertaste that is both enjoyable and memorable. All in all, I was quite impressed with this, my first Eel River brew. Russian Imperials, especially from lesser-known breweries, do not always perform up to par, but this beer easily makes eagle (or would it be "Raven"?). Corniness aside, this is an extremely well-crafted brew and I look forward to my bottle of ER Triple Exultation.

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +7%

Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.